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Monty Python Team to Reunite

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Monty Python comedy team are getting back together.

The surviving members of the legendary British collective of comedians are set to announce their return 30 years after their final film, The Meaning of Life, was released. John Cleese, 74, Terry Gilliam, 72, Terry Jones, 71, Eric Idle, 70, and Michael Palin, 70, are expected to make a high-profile official announcement about their comeback next week, despite John previously saying it would be "absolutely impossible."

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 24, 2010

The Back-Up PlanHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Abandoned: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Back-Up Plan: DVD, Blu-ray
  • City Island: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dorian Gray: DVD, Blu-ray
  • George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Long Good Friday: Blu-ray
  • Machine Gun McCain: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Mona Lisa: Blu-ray
  • Over the Hedge (Full Screen Edition): DVD
  • Shogun Assassin (30th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • The Square: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Time Bandits: Blu-ray
  • Withnail and I: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 1, 2010

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

Alice in Wonderland DVD

  • Absolute Power: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Alice in Wonderland: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Any Which Way You Can: DVD
  • Bad Boys: Blu-ray
  • The Beguiled: DVD
  • The Bridges of Madison County: DVD
  • Crossing Over: Blu-ray
  • Every Which Way But Loose: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fierce Creatures: DVD
  • The Gauntlet: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Gotcha!: DVD
  • Grace of My Heart: DVD
  • Hard to Hold: DVD
  • Havana: DVD
  • Heartbreak Ridge: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Kuffs: DVD
  • The Man with No Name (Trilogy): Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Stifled by Blizzard

Avatar

How big could ‘s debut really been? Thanks to a blizzard, we may never know. James Cameron’s first feature in 12 years pulled in approximately $77 million this weekend, enough to win first place but slightly lower than expectations. The movie, which was produced for around $310 million, never reached its full potential due to weather conditions on the East Coast.

As it was, the movie came in behind 2007’s I Am Legend for the best December opener ever. (The Will Smith film debuted to $77.2 million.) The 3D entry also ranked sixth - behind Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and New Moon - for domestic debuts this year.

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Box Office Breakdown: Princess and Frog Crowned Winner

The Princess and the Frog

Disney’s latest entry might not have produced Pixar-like numbers, but it was definitely not a frog.

, featuring the first black Disney princess, finally opened wide this weekend to the tune of $24.2 million. Despite having been available in limited release for two weeks, the 2D-film had the best premiere ever for an animated feature in the month of December.

Meawhile, - Clint Eastwood’s next possible Oscar contender - unfolded with a $8.6 million debut and a third place finish. Although the Nelson Mandela drama came in behind box office vet The Blind Side, the director’s films tend to generate more buzz (and money) as the awards seasons progress.

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Box Office Breakdown: Touchdown for Blind Side

The Blind Side

The third time was a charm for Sandra Bullock.

After two weeks of second place finishes, emerged from New Moon‘s shadow to take sole possession of first place. The movie, which added another $20 million to its $100+ million total, has now given Bullock her second chart topper of the year. (And, no—All About Steve is not the other film I was referring to.)

Despite several new wide release entries, the football players and the vampires strongly defended their hold on the top two spots. - starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman - came in third place with only a $9.5 million take. Meanwhile, Everybody’s Fine with Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore did a less than fine $3.8 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: New Moon Covers Its Blind Side

New Moon

What looked like a possible upset early in the game ended in another win for . Although the film pulled in another $42.9 million over the holiday weekend, the Twilight sequel dropped approximately 70% from its first frame and escaped second place by a mere $2.8 million.

The vampires were given a run for their box office dollars by The Blind Side, the sports drama starring Sandra Bullock. Unlike Moon, the heartwarming film actually saw improvement in its second week. The entry also managed to hold off the Chris Weitz-helmed project on Thanksgiving Day.

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Box Office Breakdown: A Bloody Good Debut for New Moon

New Moon

After months of endless promotion, finally opened this weekend to monster-sized numbers. But how exactly did the film compare to the other theatrical giants?

  1. Despite earning over $142 million since midnight Thursday, the adaptation’s debut still falls behind The Dark Knight ($158.4) and Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million).
  2. The sequel did, though, beat Knight for the best first day open ($72.7 compared to $67.2 million).
  3. It had the largest midnight opening ($26.3 million) to date. (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince grossed $22.2 million.)
  4. Moon also topped Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire‘s 2005 November debut ($102.7 million).

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Box Office Breakdown: Christmas Carol Wins, Precious Soars

Disney's A Christmas Carol

We’re still weeks away from Thanksgiving, but theatergoers already have Christmas on their minds.

, the umpteenth version of the Charles Dickens tale, brought the story back to life with a visual rendition. Robert Zemeckis’ latest holiday creation earned over $30 million, surpassing Polar Express’ open by $7 million. Although the Jim Carrey film didn’t come close to its reported $180 million budget, Carol still has weeks to go before Avatar takes over 3D screens.

Meanwhile, a film with no bells or whistles made an impact just outside the Top 10. , Sundance’s Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize winner, broke a record while in limited release. The 12th place entry averaged a whopping $104,025 this weekend over only 18 theaters. That’s the largest per screen average for any film opening in more than 10 locations.

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In Theaters This Weekend: November 6, 2009

Precious

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Box (PG-13): starring James Marsden, Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella (directed by Richard Kelly)
  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG): starring Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Gary Oldman (directed by Robert Zemeckis)
  • The Fourth Kind (PG-13): starring Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton (directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi)
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (R): starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges (directed by Grant Heslov)

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